Elevating Science & Mathematics

Clark Center for Science and Mathematics, Loomis Chaffee School

Windsor, Connecticut

Bringing an outdated building up to code and elevating its educational potential is an uplifting effort. The science and mathematics center at this prestigious, privately-run day school had become especially outdated since its construction and expansion in the 1960’s. Before even entering the building, one had to maneuver through an awkward arrangement of ramps. These were entirely replaced with a new lobby, stair, and elevator which greatly improved accessibility and the experience of entering the facility. Once inside, a multi-functional space features public displays and modern materials and finishes. The lobby provides direct access to the redesigned lecture hall and flexible classroom environments, laboratories, and offices.

 

Modern mechanical and electrical systems completely replaced those beyond their life expectancy. Focused on efficiency to reduce energy consumption, they also add to the air quality of the building. Other features include solar tubes, daylighting controls, and motion sensors. Along with three heat recovery units, VAV controlled air handlers and carbon dioxide controls are located throughout the building. The main lobby and lower level of the lecture hall incorporate radiant heat slabs. Combined, these upgrades allowed for the consolidation of the science and math departments under one roof, and have brought Clark Center up to the forefront of learning facilities and the highest educational standards.

Architect

Tecton Architects

 

Size / Cost

36,000 SF / $13 million

 

Services

Civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection and technology